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Category Archive for 'The New Depression'

Swamp Rabbit is a big fan of Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor during the Clinton years, long-time economics professor and a high-profile advocate for workers’ rights. I’ve noted elsewhere that Reich often writes variations on the same column and seems to be preaching to the choir, but there’s no denying his knack for spelling out […]

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Jon Stewart on the curious wingnut obsession about poor people eating fish: On Tuesday night’s Daily Show, Jon Stewart focused on Republican opposition to food stamps. The stated reason for opposing aid to the hungry is food stamp fraud, Stewart noted, before indulging in a little bit of light debunking. But amid all the tall […]

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The last I heard, 46 percent of Americans are now officially under the poverty limit (which, as we know, is absurdly low). I get so pissed when I hear people judging people like this, because I know what it’s like. I know what it’s like to be judged and get advice from people who, no […]

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A freelance writer on Huffington Post: We “Used-to-Haves” all used to work in the corporate world for big, wealthy companies. We were discarded in layoffs. I’ve been told, as my employer du jour let me go, what a positive difference I made and the value of my contributions. I agree. I know I made my […]

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The blue line is anyone 55 or older. The red line is everyone else: Bookmark It

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I was away from the swamp, stealing potatoes at the local Super Fridge, when I heard about Pete Seeger. This will be a rough day, I thought. Swamp Rabbit is an old leftie with a soft spot for New Deal-influenced folksingers, and Seeger, 94, was the last of that breed. Sure enough, the pesky rodent […]

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Swamp Rabbit was complaining about the weather, a pointless and self-defeating exercise. “This here winter is like a roller coaster ride, with temps up to fifty-something one week and a blizzard the next. How we gonna eat if you can’t get out the swamp to rob no supermarkets? Ain’t nothin’ but cold cuts in this […]

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We’re winning! More economic progress: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 31.6 percent of Americans were in poverty for at least two months from 2009 to 2011, a 4.5 percentage point increase over the prerecession period of 2005 to 2007. Poverty was a temporary state for most people; however, 3.5 percent of Americans were in […]

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The lazy unemployed

Example: An ice cream plant with three dozen jobs, and 1,600 applicants — and counting. Bookmark It

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Yesterday at the shack we woke to bone-chilling wind and a blanket of ice. The swamp rabbit was huddled in a corner with a bottle from the case of Wild Turkey I stole to help him get through his post-holiday funk. I told him to fetch wood from the swamp so we don’t freeze, it […]

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